BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- John Russ threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 132 yards and another score as Mercer held on for a 38-31 win over Campbell on Saturday.
The win marked Mercers first road victory. The Bears are 6-0 at home and 1-1 on the road.
Russ tossed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Marshall on the first play from scrimmage and added a 15-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. JeTarii Donald then ran for two scores -- a 43-yarder and a 7-yarder -- to give Mercer (7-1, 3-1 Pioneer Football League) a 31-10 halftime lead. Russ tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Robert Brown in the third to extend the lead to 38-10.
Brian Hudson then ran for a score and threw two touchdown passes to bring Campbell (1-7, 0-5) back, but it wasnt enough. Hudson finished 33-of-46 for 308 yards and three touchdown passes while rushing for 76 yards.
Mercer has now scored at least 35 points six times this season.
The Bears ran the ball 47 times for 318 yards and dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 35:36. JeTarri added 128 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Mercer also won the turnover battle with zero miscues while forcing Campbell into two.
The Bears hit the road for the second straight week Saturday when they take on Davidson.
Mercer is one-half game behind Butler, Dayton, Marist and San Diego for first place in the Pioneer League. The four first-place teams are all 4-1, having played one more league game. The Bears visit Marist on Nov. 16.